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Re: “Record Review: Trust Trandle's Comfortable Instrumental Hip-Hop

This record is "All Over the Place". I mean that in the best way possible.

Posted by hubbble on 03/01/2017 at 2:42 PM

Re: “Born in the Shadow of N.C. State, Steeped in Parties and Punk Rock, Raleigh’s Historic Maiden Lane Will Soon Perish in the Name of Progress

In 2006 University Park neighbors led the effort to have Maiden Lane designated as a National Register Historic District. We hoped that rehabilitation tax credits would help spark Maiden Lane's historic revitalization.

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Posted by Russ Stephenson on 03/01/2017 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Donald Trump Wants His Supporters to Take to the Streets. A Few Dozen Made It to Downtown Raleigh Monday.

Trump didn't ask his supporters to take to the streets. They can think for themselves and decided to in an act of support for what the President has accomplished in his first month. After that speech last night, I'm sure you can expect many more participating in the marches of support across the nation.

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Posted by Barbara 2 on 03/01/2017 at 12:05 PM

Re: “Nominate your favorites

Thimble Pleasures has been nominated in the Fabric Store category, but they closed in 2016. "Bernita" is not even the name of a fabric store in the Triangle.

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Posted by Julianne Walther on 03/01/2017 at 6:51 AM

Re: “Nominate your favorites

Best local "Maker" for the slew of awesome local craftswomen and men.

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Posted by Chris Breslin on 02/28/2017 at 7:53 AM

Re: “Orange County’s Board of Adjustment to Determine Whether the So-Called Party Barn is Really Being Used as a Farm

Response to Bluetrain' s unfriendly comments about things "neighbors" should do sounds like the kind of action people do out of frustration and not kindness. Hardly would those steps be taken as neighborly.
Try adopting a more positive attitude Mr Bluetrain, you might be a whole lot nicer and happier, and a better neighbor.

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Posted by Joseph Pepe on 02/27/2017 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Orange County’s Board of Adjustment to Determine Whether the So-Called Party Barn is Really Being Used as a Farm

I think they are doing a good thing showing how money can be made in agri tourism. The dollar amounts spent on their farming activities don't matter. All the parsing of their business model doesn't matter. It's a tiny farm with a large barn. So what?
If loud noises come forth after reasonable hours, it should be stopped quickly. Otherwise you folks should get over someone else having more money than you...

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Posted by dodahman 1 on 02/27/2017 at 11:49 AM

Re: “If Democrats Want to Regain Power, They’ll Have to Lose Their Lust for It

"What if Democrats stopped worrying about rebuilding their party and started to think about defending American institutions?"

But...the Democratic Party is an important American institution, with an important role to play in resistance to Trump. And many members of the party are fighting to defend other democratic institutions. It's not either/or.

Also, the United States is nowhere close to being a single-party state. (A single-party state is like China, where it's illegal to form other parties aside from the ruling Communist Party.) This would be a terrible time to give up on electoral politics. There's no reason we can't pursue electoral and non-electoral strategies at the same time.

Posted by rmlucas on 02/26/2017 at 5:54 PM

Re: “In Hillsborough, an election wrapped in a Confederate flag

The final sentence of this article is misleading: yes, Germany bans the public displays of Nazi-ism as well as public Holocaust denial. That said, the state-run TV channel runs documentary footage of the Holocaust and WWII 24-hours a day to remind Germans of what they did. Banning symbols of hate, which the Confederate flag as the banner of southern white nationalism and the Confederacy which explicitly went to war to protect their right to own other human beings, is not the same as forgetting history. Quite the opposite. Ms. Ashley DeSena's assertion that property rights are more important than the right of her neighbors to feel safe and respected in their own town is misguided at best and hateful at worst. We will have to assume that she simply does not understand what it feels like to be attacked for one's color, belief or sexual orientation.

Posted by DoeRoo on 02/26/2017 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Theater Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Lights Up the Mathematics of the Mind

When discussing this play, you need to be cautious not to imply that it's an accurate depiction of autism. Mark Haddon admits to knowing nothing about the condition, and many autistics hate his story for spreading misleading stereotypes about it. The best thing I've ever read on this situation was a review written by Elizabeth Bartmess for the blog Disability in the Kidlit. You can find other autistic opinions at, which I swear isn't a press release, or at least not a professionally written one.

Posted by Curio Onscreen on 02/25/2017 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Nominate your favorites

There should be an expansion on BBQ to include sauces and not just food establishments. This is NC after all, would be nice to see the beat sauce in the triangle...

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Posted by Mike D 1 on 02/25/2017 at 10:40 AM

Re: “The 18-Year-Old Who Owned Richard Burr in Sunday’s N&O

" . . . the ad carried U.S. Senator Richard Burr's now-familiar pic - that oddly thin, almost forced smile, those sharp blue eyes . . . ."

Just congenially curious - by what percent less must Mr. Burr's:

- eyes be "sharp" and (some other color than?) "blue", and

- smile (lips?) be "odd" and "thin" and "forced"

that it would never occur to the writer to comment on them? ( Are the writer's above quoted comments not ad hominem per The Independent's publishing guidelines? Is there anyone else about whose eyes and lips the writer would decline to comment?)

I do not see eye-to-eye (Ar! Ar!) with Mr. Burr on his political ideology, but how are his physical characteristics possibly relevant? What would the writer have Mr. Burr do to correct these physical vicissitudes which apparently offend the writer's delicate aesthetic sensibilities - convene a prayer circle and beseech divine Providence for a revelation and miracle to deliver Mr. Burr from what the writer avers ails him? Colored contact lenses and collagen treatments?

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Posted by Filippo on 02/25/2017 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Fourteen Years Ago, Michael Peterson Was Convicted of Killing Her Mother. Now, Caitlin Atwater Breaks Her Silence in an Exclusive Interview.

Oh, Kenneth and Caitlin. I don't know what to say except that I am so moved by your words, Kenneth, and just so happy to have news of you, Caitlin. I have thought of you so many times over the years. Thank you for writing this, Kenneth (you are an amazing writer!) and thank you for allowing him to write it, Caitlin. Much love to both of you.

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Posted by teresaenge on 02/25/2017 at 7:25 AM

Re: “Cry of Love vocalist Kelly Holland died depressed, but not alone

Also, someone said they didn't know Kelly but knew "Kelly's wife..." For the record, Kelly was never married-to anyone at anytime. Just a clarification. Admittedly, the relationship that produced his son was the closest thing to a traditional family unit Kelly ever had, but he was never married.

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Posted by Chuck Harrell on 02/25/2017 at 2:37 AM

Re: “Rolesville Viral Video Triggers Panel on School Policing

You might want to get the name of the town right.

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Posted by Rob G. on 02/25/2017 at 1:31 AM

Re: “Cry of Love vocalist Kelly Holland died depressed, but not alone

I thought it best not to respond to comments here because I contributed to the piece by being interviewed. After reading a few comments, however, I'm "stimulated" enough to say some things.
First, Corbie Hill was doing his job. Because he never met Kelly doesn't disqualify him from writing an article about his last days. Do you think every reporter writing a posthumous article on Prince ever met him? Of course not, so don't look at this like it was a "personal" thing, few writers know personally their subject matter.
Second, Who is Kent Thomas? Kent Thomas is the guy who basically saved Kelly from eventual homelessness. Kelly was kicked out of his Apt., living in a really seedy, crime ridden, dangerous part of Raleigh and Kent took Kelly out of that situation and brought him to his place, rent free. Kent was the guy who stepped up and took Kelly into his own domicile and asked for nothing in return. He tried to help Kelly help himself, and for that I'm grateful, so to answer the question. Kent is the good guy who came along and helped a good guy in need. Kent is way more than that, naturally, but that is why he's my hero in this story.
Third, I agree with Jeff Dennis, I'd liked to have seen a different angle to the story. Believe me, I gave Corbie a lot of info, from funny stuff Kelly and I got into as well as more serious, somber moments that arise from almost 30 years of friendship. Yet there isn't room in any article to use everything every interview subject says. You see, writers have editors, and Corbie could have put some funny story I told him in there, only to have his editor remove it. It isn't just up to Corbie, so cut the guy some slack on that. But yeah, it would have been nice to have read more about Kelly's rise/success than not. Kelly was an incredible songwriter, obviously a huge vocal talent, but he wasn't Jesus, so I guess whomever made the call to angle the story the way they did simply felt the way they went was the way to go, and yeah, that I would have preferred to have been different. In Corbie's defense, he was writing the facts as they were given to him, and sadly, yes, most of the stuff you don't like reading about Kelly is 100% accurate and true, and that's how Kelly would want it. He didn't sugarcoat things and he did not suffer fools gladly.
Lastly, towards the end of his life, it appears Kelly "shifted" his set of friends from his long term, "known them forever" set to a new group of people a lot of his old friends didn't know. I think he had his reasons, and I don't think I need to explain my theories, it was Kelly's business. But it caused confusion in a lot of people's minds, I think it was not unlike when an animal goes off alone into the woods to die, I think life had forced Kelly to his knees, the betrayals (you know who you are, girl, shame on you). Add to that (over the previous years) the loss of his sister, dad, then the recent loss of the woman he loved most in the world, his mom, he'd just given up. To quote Paul Westerberg, "They say a man in pain will prepare to die." Whether Kelly did it knowingly or not, I've no idea, but I think he knew what he was doing. Kelly was a smart guy, that is all I can really say.
I love my friends, and I love Kelly to this day. If you are my friend, I love you, too. But today marks 3 years since I got the call from JD and my world was shattered. Clark McQueen texted right after. It was one of the worst days of my life. Yet it makes me angry to read "this story isn't true" or "Who is this Kent Thomas?" The story is true, I wish it weren't, Kelly did (just like we all do) create some of his own problems. That doesn't make him a bad person, though. It's not a negative thing to say "The guy was human." We all are flawed, we all have faults. The bigger picture for me is a lot of folks loved Kelly, including me, and Kelly loved a lot of people. I think the sad thing here is that Kelly probably couldn't see just how many people really loved him and wanted the best for him, it was just something he couldn't see. I wish he could have seen the outpouring of love for him over the last three years. I don't think it will stop anytime soon.
I also think it's a shame that no one acknowledges Kelly's daughter, Alexa, who is a mom now (making Kelly a grandfather at the time of his death. I don't even know if he knew she'd had a baby. Maybe having such a young grandson would have given him a little more incentive to live, I just don't know). Nothing against Elijah, who has grown up to be a fine young man from all reports. I just know Alexa is out there, had a relationship with Kelly but somehow falls under everyone's radar.
My apologies to anyone I may have upset by stating my case, apologies for the length and stay close to love wherever you find it.

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Posted by Chuck Harrell on 02/24/2017 at 3:57 PM

Re: “Nominate your favorites

In the future, you may want to include more categories in the fitness section. A lot of those businesses listed as "gyms" are actually boutique fitness studios that offer yoga, cycling and other fitness classes and not a full functioning gym with weights and treadmills, etc. Places like Ride Cycle Studio, Burn and SYNCStudio cater to a much different clientele and have different business models and it's unfair to them and to more traditional gyms like Fitness World, O2's and YMCA's to be grouped in the same category. Same goes for Crossfit loctations. Why not a best Crossfit location as opposed to having at least a dozen crowding the "gym" category? Also maybe instead of simply Best Personal Trainer, also add Yoga Teacher, Cycling Instructor or Group Fitness Instructor.

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Posted by RobinSusan on 02/24/2017 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Nominate your favorites

@Alexis S., there is an option at the bottom of each category to write in a candidate that is not already listed.

Posted by Susan Harper, INDY Publisher on 02/24/2017 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Orange County’s Board of Adjustment to Determine Whether the So-Called Party Barn is Really Being Used as a Farm

Starting at the top, looks like a barn. By the end it definitely does not look like it will be used for a barn at all. They may use it to store the tables and chairs.

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Posted by Clutchfan25 on 02/24/2017 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Fourteen Years Ago, Michael Peterson Was Convicted of Killing Her Mother. Now, Caitlin Atwater Breaks Her Silence in an Exclusive Interview.

Kenneth Fine, I follow your articles written for the Indy and because I, as well, knew Kathleen and our dear Caitlin, I believe this is without a doubt a perfect piece. Many people want to know that Caitlin is faring well, despite the recent Alfred Plea. And yes, according to your interview and her ability, through her trust in you, she illustrated that she remains the incredible self possessed person she was during her upbringing. To provide for her own children what her mother gave her is a testament to an incredible response to her tragedy. She's her mother's legacy and wonderfully demonstrating that. Great work, my friend! What a gift you provide for your followers. Wendy

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Posted by Wendy Girl on 02/24/2017 at 10:21 AM

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